Bernadette Hall

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Bernadette Hall

Hall in 2017
Hall in 2017
Born1945 (age 74–75)
Alexandra, New Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Otago
Notable awardsRobert Burns Fellowship

Bernadette Hall MNZM (born 1945) is a New Zealand playwright and poet.


Hall was born in 1945 in Alexandra, New Zealand. She was raised in what she describes as "a small-city Catholic community that was proud, theatrical and pretty much enclosed."[1] After a career as a teacher of Latin and classical studies, she started writing full-time in her forties.[2] She has held residencies at both Canterbury University and Victoria University[3] and is widely published.[1][4][5] She spent 10 years as the editor of Takahe magazine and five as the poetry editor of The Press, Christchurch's main daily newspaper.[5]

Hall's poetry collection The Lustre Jug was a finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards.[6]

She is the patron of Hagley Writers' Institute.[7]



  • Glad and the Angels (1992)[5]
  • The Clothesline (1993)[8]
  • The Girl Who Sings Waterfalls (1992)[8]

Poetry Collections[edit]

  • Heartwood (Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1989)[9]
  • of Elephants etc. (Untold Press, 1990)
  • The Persistent Levitator (Victoria University Press, 1994)
  • Still Talking (Victoria University Press, 1997)
  • Settler Dreaming (Victoria University Press, 2001)
  • The Merino Princess: Selected Poems (Victoria University Press, 2004)
  • The Ponies (Victoria University Press, 2007)
  • The Lustre Jug (Victoria University Press, 2009)
  • Life & Customs (Victoria University Press, 2014)

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bernadette Hall biography at the IIML
  2. ^ Bernadette Hall Archived 22 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine biography at Victoria University Press
  3. ^ Book launch at Christchurch Arts Festival Archived 25 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bernadette Hall biography at the New Zealand Electronic Text Center
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Bernadette Hall biography at the New Zealand Book Council
  6. ^ New Zealand Post Book Awards Finalists 2010
  7. ^ "Hagley Writers' Institute » Staff". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b Bernadette Hall bibliography at The NZ Literature File Archived 5 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Bernadette Hall biography at the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre.
  10. ^ "Previous winners". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  11. ^ "New Year honours list 2017". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2019.